By  on April 10, 2006

NEW YORK — The Rocket Man is coming to Rockefeller Center — with his wardrobe.

Aside from his songs and performances, Sir Elton John is recognized nearly as much for his over-the-top couture. Shoppers can get a good dose of it Tuesday through Friday when nearly 10,000 pieces of clothing and accessories from the wardrobes of Elton John and his husband, David Furnish, go on sale at "Elton's Closet," a temporary store on the concourse level of Rockefeller Center. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised more than $90 million to support HIV/AIDS prevention and service programs in 55 countries since it was founded in 1992.

"David and I had great fun collecting and wearing these extraordinary clothes, but it's even more satisfying to see them help raise money for EJAF," the rock star said in a statement.

The event is cosponsored by Top of the Rock?(the observation deck at Rockefeller Center) and Saks Fifth Avenue, which is featuring more than 50 of John's designer clothes in its Fifth Avenue windows this week — a broad range, from bespoke English tailoring to more recognizable outfits such as the polkadot suit John wore during his controversial performance with Eminem at the 2001 Grammy Awards.

His entire collection ranges from current-season garments to vintage treasures in a variety of sizes. It's mostly men's wear from Versace, Richard James, Dior by Hedi Slimane, Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Comme des Garçons, Prada and Gucci, among others. John's black silk tulle cape with rosettes by Jean Paul Gaultier, which he wore for the liner notes of the "Big Picture" album, also will be on sale. The ribbon-cutting for the store happens today at 2 p.m., with John and Furnish scheduled to be there, with Elton's Closet open for business the next day.

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